I need a back up plan for my email and my digital files.
Last week, I attempted to clean out my email account files and deleted 40 percent of the capacity in the account.
I eliminated almost all of my story ideas, titles, thoughts, etc.
that I had emailed to myself over the last two years.
In the days of home phones, I used to call my voice mail and leave notes to myself to transcribe later.
With an iPhone, I email notes to myself.
Since my son arrived, I've sent hundreds of emails to myself with notes on story openings, titles and outlines. I lost all this, plus notes about things that my son did during those early days when sleep deprivation zapped all my brain cells.
I didn't cry. I didn't panic. Instead, I got busy. That mobile cloud that I have — well, I put it to use and backed up my current computer files. This task had been on my "to do" list for weeks. I found a second email account to send items to as a back up to my main account and to keep it out of my clumsy reach.
I sought help from other writers at the Writer Unboxed group on Facebook. Many were kind to share their techniques on saving information such as Word files, notes on cell phones, a notebook, etc. And, how those files are backed up using thumb drives, hard drives, clouds, email accounts, friends and family, etc.
The whole episode made me give a brief moment of silence for the ideas I lost. Some I will be able to create, but others will be lost forever. I guess that just leaves more room for new ideas.
Whether it's a new idea or an old one, I promise I will back it up somewhere — in the new small notebook that will fit in the diaper bag, at the new email address or on my computer or iPhone.